Apparently it’s the night for inspirational movie trailers, as Sony Pictures has now released the first trailer for director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) sports drama When the Game Stands Tall. The film tells the true story of the longest winning streak for any American sport, held by the football team of De La Salle High School. However, instead of focusing on their rise to glory, When the Game Stands Tall revolves around what happened when that 151-game streak was broken and how the fallout affected the team, coaches, and town. It looks to be quite similar in tone and focus to Friday Night Lights, with an emphasis on the lives of the players and not just the game itself.
Hit the jump to watch the debut When the Game Stands Tall trailer. The film stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, and Laura Dern. When the Game Stands Tall opens in theaters August 22nd.
The first trailer for writer-director Charles Martin Smith‘s family film sequel Dolphin Tale 2 is now available. The follow-up sees the return of cast members Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as they continue Winter the Dolphin’s treatment at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. This trailer markets the film as Inspiration with a capital “I”, and if you were a fan of the first pic, odds are you’ll be happy with the direction of this sequel. If you weren’t, it doesn’t look like this follow-up will change your mind.
Hit the jump to watch the Dolphin Tale 2 trailer, and if you missed Dave’s set visit preview, click here. Also starring Kris Kristofferson, Austin Stowell, Austin Highsmith, and a special appearance by professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, Dolphin Tale 2 opens September 19th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
A final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to arrive next week, but to hold us over, 20th Century Fox has released a new image that focuses on what has become the most talked-about character from the film: Quicksilver. Evan Peters plays the fast-moving mutant in what amounts to a small supporting role, but reaction to the character’s look has thus far been less than enthusiastic—it doesn’t help that the first footage of Quicksilver in action came in a Carl’s Jr. commercial. In this new X-Men: Days of Future Past image, we get a peek at Quicksilver’s abilities as he runs alongside a wall, sporting a Pink Floyd t-shirt and a pair of wind-resistant goggles.
Additionally, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke a bit about how Quicksilver fits into the overall story, teasing whether they will address the character’s true parentage in the film and talking about the dual usage of the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past image and quotes from Kinberg. The film opens May 23rd.
The Disney Channel has released the first Girl Meets World trailer. The show is a spinoff of the excellent sitcom Boy Meets World, which aired from 1993 to 2000 on ABC and followed the coming-of-age of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) from sixth grade to college. In this new series, Cory and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are parents, and the focus turns to their young daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard). As a big fan of BMW, I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how Girl Meets World stacks up. Series creator Michael Jacobs returns to executive produce this new show, which is promising, and I’m hopeful he can inject the same mixture of sweetness and offbeat humor that made Boy Meets World a joy to watch.
Hit the jump to check out the first Girl Meets World trailer. The series also stars Sabrina Carpenter and will feature appearances by other original Boy Meets World castmembers, including William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), Corey Fogelmanis (Minkus), and Rider Strong (Shawn). Girl Meets World premieres on Disney Channel this summer.
The Masters of the Universe movie still doesn’t have a director, but it does have a new writer. Sony has been developing a reboot of the Mattel adaptation for a few years now, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu previously attached to take the helm. Chu subsequently departed the project later last year as Pirates of the Caribbean co-writer Terry Rossio came aboard to rewrite the screenplay, but apparently the project still has a significant amount of development left to go, as Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow has now signed on to do another rewrite of the script.
Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Wadlow taking the helm.
TV ratings for Wednesday, April 9th have arrived. Read a brief rundown below:
- The CW’s new drama series The 100 dropped a tenth from last week to a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 1.75 million viewers, which marks a low for the freshman series.
- ABC’s new comedy Mixology suffered a steep drop from last week’s 1.6 rating, falling to a 1.1 rating and 3.34 million viewers.
- Over on NBC, Law & Order: SVU was up three tenths to a 2.0 rating and 7.27 million viewers, while Chicago PD was even with last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 6.52 million viewers.
- CBS’ Criminal Minds dipped three tenths to a 2.3 rating and garnered 9.81 million viewers, and CSI was down a tenth to a 1.7 rating and pulled in 9.08 million viewers.
A couple of days ago, we learned that The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard has closed his deal to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff film The Sinister Six. However, it appears that his busy schedule has subsequently forced Goddard to back out of a different project. The Wrap reports that Goddard has exited 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film The Martian, which he signed on to last year. With his impending schedule, Fox wasn’t keen to wait on the filmmaker to move forward on the project. Not only is Goddard writing and directing Sinister Six, but he’s first running and directing Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series, so he wouldn’t be able to move his focus back to The Martian for quite some time.
Hit the jump for more, including the potential involvement of Matt Damon.
Though filmmaker Roland Emmerich still has the big budget sequel Independence Day 2 on his docket, he’ll first tackle something on a slightly smaller scale. Deadline reports that the 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow director will next helm the gay rights drama Stonewall, which revolves around the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Hotel in Greenwich Village, a famous gathering place for gays and transgenders. The event ignited the fight against homosexual oppression during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, and this film has been a passion project of Emmerich’s for some time. Hit the jump for more on Stonewall, including who will be taking on the lead role.
How does one turn a movie about a reality TV show into a scripted TV show? That’s the question on Paramount’s brain, as word comes that the studio is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1998 film The Truman Show. Directed by Peter Weir from a brilliant script by Andrew Niccol, the pic stars Jim Carrey as a man who begins to realize that his entire life has been/is being filmed as part of a reality television show. It’s an excellent film that turned out to be quite prescient about the future state of entertainment, but it has a very definitive beginning, middle, and end. Regardless, a TV series adaptation is in the works.
Hit the jump for more on the proposed The Truman Show TV series
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Despite game-changing events that tied into Captain America: The Winter Soldier, last night’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fell three tenths to a new series low 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.91 million viewers. Read Evan’s recap here.
- Elsewhere on ABC, The Goldbergs dipped a tenth to a series low 1.4 rating and 4.3 million viewers, while new comedy Trophy Wife dropped two tenths to a 0.8 rating and scored 2.55 million viewers.
Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Tuesday, April 8th, including The Mindy Project, About a Boy, and more.
Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are quickly becoming some of the most exciting filmmakers working today, and luckily we don’t have to wait long for their follow-up to February’s delightful The LEGO Movie. The directors are currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming comedy sequel 22 Jump Street (which we here at Collider are very much looking forward to), and the first clip from the follow-up has now arrived online. The film finds Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters taking their undercover operation to a college campus, and in this first 22 Jump Street clip we see that the two also get involved with a drug cartel (led by Peter Stormare, natch). Unfortunately, Tatum’s character has a bit of trouble nailing down a particular accent.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of Dave’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his full report and interviews with Tatum & Hill, Lord & Miller, producer Neil H. Moritz, and co-star Wyatt Russell. The film opens in theaters on June 13th.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest.
- Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig.
- Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol.
Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.
Given the sheer magnitude of Sony’s marketing, it may feel like we’ve already seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but in fact the film had its first public screening just a few hours ago. As such, the first reactions to director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel are now online and the verdict is…kind of all over the place. Some were over the moon about the pic, some more reserved, and others downright negative. The one agreeable factor seems to be the film’s unevenness, as even those who ultimately enjoyed the effort admitted that it was a bit scattershot. That’s the risk you run when you up the ante in the villain department and inflate the scope of the film (which is also in service to expanding the Spider-Man universe for future films), but I’m hopeful that Andrew Garfield’s charisma and his chemistry with co-star Emma Stone at least give the film a character-centric grounding.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reviews won’t be available for a few weeks, but hit the jump to check out some brief Twitter reactions to this early screening. The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd. [Update: A few full reviews have now landed online, and we've added a snippets from those after the jump as well.]
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, a French New Wave classic, a very darkly comedic ensemble drama, the latest from filmmaker Ben Wheatley, and more. Briefly:
Wally Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer on films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but he’s making the move to the director’s chair with the ambitious sci-fi thriller Transcendence. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. In anticipation of the pic’s release, we’re happy to give away a few Transcendence-related items to some lucky readers, including a solar charger, T-shirts, passes to see the film, and more.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the materials. Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18th, following special 8pm screenings on April 17th.